Food and drink manufacturers ‘performing strongly’

The food and drink manufacturing sector is still performing strongly, despite uncertainty among companies about the state of the economy, according to a new survey. The business confidence survey of Food and Drink Federation members shows a strong performance in the third quarter of the year – with almost 60% recording increased sales and only […]


Mankind must overcome GM fear, warns chief scientist

Mankind must overcome its fear of GM crops if it’s to survive a global hunger epidemic within the next 40 years, says the government’s chief science adviser. According to Professor Sir John Beddington, issues such as swelling population levels, energy shortages and climate change will force widespread starvation if modern farming techniques aren’t embraced. “If […]


Italy bans use of plastic bags

A ban on the use of plastic shopping bags in Italy has come into force after it was revealed that shoppers in the country previously used about 20 billion bags – about one-fifth of the total used in Europe. Retailers, however, have warned that the ban, which came into force on 1 January, could cause […]


Faerch Plast cuts CPET tray weight

Danish food packaging manufacturer Faerch Plast has reduced the weight of its CPET (crystalline polyethylene) containers by an average of 11% since 2008, putting it on track to meet its environmental objective of ‘achieving a general weight reduction of produced items of 30%’ by 2013. “Clever design together with improved production processes has helped us […]

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Milestone for world-first recycling label

A world-first on-pack label which lets shoppers know which packaging can be recycled has signed up its 100th company. The milestone triggers the start of a public awareness campaign aimed at slashing the amount of recyclable packaging heading to landfill. Birdseye, Innocent, Henkel, GlaxoSmithKline and WH Smith have joined a string of major brands and […]


Summit to mark launch of new food qualification

Productivity, sustainability and training will top the agenda at a forthcoming summit to discuss the application of lean manufacturing in the food and drink industry. The Increasing Productivity in the Food and Drink Sector conference is being hosted by Improve and the National Skills Academy in London on 3 December. As well as exploring current […]

Sterile robot cleans up

The new VP-G2 Sterile Robot developed by Denso is now available from UK-based AA Robotics. With a maximum payload of 2kg, the robot has been specially designed for use in cleanrooms where there is a requirement for sterile manufacturing, processing and packaging. Four different models of the VP-G2 robot are available depending upon the environment […]

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The future is frozen, says new report

According to the authors of the world’s first frozen food report, such food can ‘strongly contribute towards Defra’s vision of a sustainable, secure and healthy food supply in the UK’. Compiled by researchers at the Centre for Food Innovation (Sheffield Hallam University) and Refrigeration Developments & Testing (Bristol) the British Frozen Food Industry – a […]

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Making a packet out of peelings

Recycled potato peelings could be used to make environmentally friendly crisp packets, according to a UK snack firm. Walkers says it has already developed cellulose crisp bags made from wood pulp – but this resulted in ‘crackly’ bags that might put off customers. The Leicester-based company now hopes that bags made of starch waste from […]

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